What I have been thinking about is that, despite working in the field of aging, I made an assumption about an entire group. I focused on only the group, rather than on the individuals. It’s easy to fall into this trap when we are forced to think this way about many things -- health policy or Social Security for example. The challenge outside of these things is to see the individual separately from the larger group.
My challenge to you, dear reader, is this: Take a moment to examine a relationship with an aging individual in your life. Are there ways you react to, or interact with, that person that are shaped by how you think about “the aging population” as a whole, rather than your direct experience with that individual? Will you share it here? Do you think you’ll do anything differently now that you've thought about it? Really, I want to know.